Trading Standards has joined forces with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service to highlight the serious fire risks posed by cheap, illegal cigarettes.
Legal cigarettes are made with special self-extinguishing paper that if left unattended will go out by itself.
Fake cigarettes don’t use this paper which places smokers at a far greater risk of house fires.
A two and a half minute YouTube clip has been produced to support this campaign presented by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service. The video outlines the dangers and shows what can happen when fake cigarettes are left to burn on an armchair to view click on the link above. More »
Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for Trading Standards, said: "We would never encourage anyone to start smoking as cigarettes are harmful to your health but these cheap imitations are far worse."
"You might think you are getting a bargain, but what you’re actually buying is very unsafe and could contain a whole range of harmful additives such as asbestos, dead flies and even rat droppings.
"We want to get illegal tobacco off the streets because of the danger it poses to our communities and would appreciate your help in helping us to crack down on this."
Steve Robinson-Day, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service's Safer Neighbourhoods Station Manager, said: "Fake cigarettes are a serious fire safety hazard. They have already been implicated in a fire death and are simply not worth buying because of the risks they pose."
If you have any information to help Trading Standards stamp out the sale of cheap tobacco, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more on the campaign visit www.leics.gov.uk/illegal_tobacco » Less
Still places remaining for these sessions – to book your place please complete the attached ‘event invite form2’ & return by 4th April. Feel free to forward onto your own contacts.
Any queries about this event contact Jenny Brown, Project Officer, Leicestershire County Council: Jenny.Brown@leics.gov.uk
Leicestershire Cares is organising another Coat Drive appeal in September 2014 and would like to hear from community and voluntary organisations who would like to receive coats for their clients.
The coats are donated by our member firms and the general public and checked for cleanliness and in working order. We collect children’s, men’s and women’s coats and are happy to pass them onto groups who work with people for whom a warm winter coat is a luxury they cannot otherwise afford.
Last year we received over 1,500 coats which went to hostels, domestic violence refuges, community drop-in centres and refugee projects. More »
If you would like to find out more, please contact Katharine and Carrie at Leicestershire Cares on 0116 275 6469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com » Less
The West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group invite you to attend a special event called Everyone Counts, where they will be sharing their vision and seeking your views on a pioneering approach to experience led commissioning.
The event offers partners, stakeholders, patients and public the opportunity to get involved in the co-design of the local health services they commission. Your challenge and ideas are fundamentally important in helping them to decide how to develop community led approaches to commissioning. More »
The event is being held on: Thursday 27 March 2014, 9.00am to 4.30pm at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University, LE11 3TD
The event is an opportunity for you to share your views and experiences of local health and care services and to make suggestions on how future services could be developed. This will include all services such as the ones you receive from your GP practice, hospitals, community staff, mental health services and others. The event will bring together a range of knowledgeable speakers, but most importantly, workshops that will provide plenty of time for us to listen to you.
They will be providing bacon and egg butties on arrival in the morning, then a buffet lunch, as well as tea and coffee.
Places will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. To book your place please visit the Everyone Counts web page at: www.westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk/page/everyone-counts , by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Helen Cullinan on 01509 567 796. » Less